Maternal Trait Anxiety and Diabetes Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes

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ObjectiveTo examine the relationship of maternal trait anxiety with diabetes regulation among adolescents with type 1 diabetes.MethodsAdolescents and their mothers completed surveys assessing trait anxiety, maternal involvement in diabetes care, adolescent management skills, autonomous motivations, mood state, and absenteeism due to diabetes. HbA1c readings, used to assess metabolic control, were obtained from medical records.ResultsTrait-anxious mothers reported taking more responsibility for diabetes management tasks and perceived their adolescents as having poorer management skills. Adolescents with high-anxious mothers reported stronger beliefs that their mothers had high control over their diabetes and their parents were over-protective. For younger adolescents, maternal trait anxiety was associated with higher HbA1c levels and greater absenteeism. For older adolescents, maternal trait anxiety was associated with lower autonomous motivations for diabetes care and lower positive affect.ConclusionsInterventions for adolescents with diabetes may benefit from addressing these maternal anxiety dynamics in ways that improve diabetes control.

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